Here Birdie, Birdie, Birdie

My DIY project to save my strawberry crop is complete. The rocks that I had gathered had been painted red and set overnight. When I had a little time, I painted light green at the top of the rocks. A few days later, I added black dots (fingernail polish) to simulate the seeds of the berries. Then I added darker green at the tops and outlined the leaves.

I finished the decoy berries off with a clear spray seal.

Rocks painted to simulate strawberries.I think they turned out o.k. in an artsy-fartsy kind of way. I am hoping that the birds are cross-eyed or just plain stupid for the decoy berries to work their magic and turn the birds off the fruit altogether.

When I was describing my plan to a group of friends, one kind-hearted soul asked a question. She said, “Won’t the decoys just attract more birds?”

We shall see, grasshopper, we shall see!

'Rock' berries are placed around the berry bushes as decoys.

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Strawberries Are Blooming

The strawberries are blooming!That is a sure sign of spring. I have also noticed that the birds have started swooping around the plants with hopes of a berry or two.

The strawberry plants in the garden are now blooming.I have been working on the decoy berries and will be giving you the full details of the process. I plan on ‘planting’ the decoys in the next few days.

In the meantime, my right hand helper took a look at my work in progress and remarked that they may look a bit like strawberries but also looked like eggplants. I think that my work in progress needs a little more touch-up.

Mud Swallows

The mud swallows have returned in force to the farm. While these critters are a nuisance round the house, I encourage them to build lots of nests around the barns. Watching them swoop and scoop little droplets of mud and build their structures one drop at a time is better than people watching.
The cats get a little upset when a stroll through the pasture has kamikaze dive-bombers launching aerial attacks. The open grass land offers little protection from the swoops.
Mud swallows building nests in roof peak of barn.